What is psychogeography?
"People can see nothing around them that is not their own image; everything speaks to them of themselves. Their very landscape is animated. Obstacles were everywhere. And they were all interrelated, maintaining a unified reign of poverty."
Guy Debord, On the Passage of a Few Persons through a Rather Brief Unity of Time (film)
Psychogeography is "the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals."
Guy Debord, Introduction to a Critique of Urban Geography
"There are certain people to whom or through whom the territory, the place, the past speaks . . . Just as it seems possible to me that a street or dwelling can materially affect the character and behaviour of the people who dwell in them, is it not also possible that within this city [London] and within its culture are patterns of sensibility or patterns of response which have persisted from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries and perhaps even beyond?"
Peter Ackroyd, The Observer, Sunday, 28 August 1994
"At the moments most precarious for my sanity I'm lost somewhere on these back roads, teetering on these cliffs, witnessing this grandness and longing to match it with the grandest gestures, acts equally solitary and monstrous, things I can never confess."
Denis Johnson, Already Dead: A California Gothic, 1997
deadpaper [ ded -pey-per ] /not to be capitalized/
- a semiannual electronic journal of psychogeography.
- as originally defined in the inchoate incarnation of deadpaper that appeared from 2002 through 2005—a convergence, an epicenter, a nerve-center, an omphalos, a crossroads, a downtown of people wanting to write stories and lay verse —yet paradoxically, a decentralized network (of networks) of efforts that includes the electronic journal, regular readings in downtown Jacksonville, and poetic innovations among people who have something and/or someway to say.
- a deprived-of-life substance made from wood pulp, rags, straw, or other fibrous material, usually in thin sheets, used to bear writing or printing.
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